Catholic Schools Week is on March 9 to 15, and will include readings, prayers, educational displays and events at schools in the Parramatta diocese to meet this year’s theme ‘‘More than a great education’’.
More than a quarter of school-aged children in greater western Sydney attend a Catholic school.
Executive director of schools, Greg Whitby, said a faith-based education helped students to develop their potential and contribute to society in a meaningful way. ‘‘We must ensure schooling is relevant to today’s world, so our students will be well prepared to face the challenges and opportunities of a rapidly-changing society in the future,’’ he said.
Catholic Schools Week activities at local schools include:
■ St Michael’s Primary School, Baulkham Hills
Mass with year 6 leaders at 10am on Sunday, March 9.
Reading activities, school choir performance and drumming presentations on Wednesday, March 12.
Whole school celebration of the eucharist at 10.15am, followed by morning tea in the school’s hall. Parents and grandparents of pupils are invited to a ‘Back to the Future’ event at noon on Friday, March 14.
■ Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School, Baulkham Hills
Open classrooms at noon and picnic lunch with students and families at 1pm on Tuesday, March 11.
Fun run on Friday, March 14.
■ St Bernadette’s Primary School, Castle Hill
Maths workshop for parents on Wednesday, March 12.
Open day for prospective families in 2015 on Thursday, March 13.
■ Our Lady of the Angels Primary School, Rouse Hill
A science expo with 15 different experiment demonstrations and open classrooms for parents on Monday, March 10.
■ St John XXIII Primary School and St Mark’s College, Stanhope Gardens
Open classrooms for family members of students in kindergarten to Year 6 classes (9am – 11am) and students in years 7 to 12 (11.15 am – 1.15 pm) on Tuesday, March 11. See students immersed in science, woodwork, music, art, drama, hospitality, project based learning and library activities followed by morning tea.
■ St Paul the Apostle Primary, Winston Hills
Sunset disco for families on Friday, March 7.
Staff, parents and grandparents to read their favourite picture books to the children on Monday, March 10.
Choir performance at morning assembly and gymnastics display on Thursday, March 13.
Friday 14 March: Mass, open classrooms and picnic morning tea on Friday, March 14.
■ St Bernadette’s Primary School, Dundas Valley
Open morning visit for prospective families in 2015 on Monday, March 10.
Book fair, book parade and classroom visits on Tuesday, March 11.
■ St Anthony’s Primary School, Girraween
Cross country, picnic lunch with parents and open classrooms in the afternoon on Friday, March 14.
■ Holy Trinity Primary School, Granville
Parish mass prepared by neighbour school Delaney College to launch Catholic Schools Week on Sunday, March 9.
Liturgy at 9.15am, followed by open learning spaces and a picnic morning tea for parents, staff and students at 11am on Friday, March 14.
■ St Oliver’s Primary School, Harris Park
Liturgy, open classrooms and appreciation cards for parents followed by a shared morning tea on Thursday, March 13.
■ St Margaret Mary’s Primary School, Merrylands
Mass at 9am, followed by morning tea with family members and friends and open classrooms for parents on Monday, March 10.
Launch of the school’s Sip and Munch program on Tuesday, March 11. Students will dress up as a piece of fruit.
■ Cerdon College, Merrylands
An open evening on Tuesday, March 11, 4pm-7pm.
■ St Monica’s Primary School, North Parramatta
Grandparents Day morning tea (9am), liturgy and presentations (9.30am), followed by open classrooms for parents and a book fair on Tuesday, March 11.
Open afternoon for parents new to the school community with guided tours on Thursday, March 13.
■ St Patrick’s Primary School, Parramatta
Liturgy, open classrooms, family picnic morning tea and an art exhibition based around the Catholic Schools Week theme.
■ Our Lady of Mount Carmel Primary School, Wentworthville
Open classrooms for parents and open morning for prospective families followed by morning tea on Friday March 14. Mass at 11am.
■ Catherine McAuley, Westmead
Open morning with classroom viewing and opportunity to greet teachers, 9.15am-11am, on Tuesday March 11.
■ St Bernadette’s Primary School, Lalor Park
A whole school breakfast, games, reading session in the library, information technology assembly, open classrooms, picnic morning tea and enrolment information night.
■ St Andrews Primary School, Marayong
Whole school mass at 11.30am followed by open classrooms, where students will explain their maths and literacy-based activities to visiting family members on Tuesday, March 11. This is followed by a picnic on the oval.
■ Mary Immaculate Primary School, Quakers Hill
Liturgy on Monday, March 10.
Open day with displays of pupils’ work and visitor guided tours with student leaders on Thursday, March 13.
■ Terra Sancta College, Quakers Hill/Schofields
Year 7 and 11 enrolment open afternoon on Monday, March 10. Will include a liturgy, woodwork and food technology demonstrations and textile and agriculture displays.
A fitness station will also be set up with table tennis, gymnastics, beam, mini-trampoline, ten pin bowling, and mini-tennis stops.
■ St Johns Primary School, Riverstone
School mass, open classrooms, and spotlight on the school’s kindergarten to year 6 gardening project.
■ Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School, Seven Hills
Special assembly, open classrooms, and morning tea with the students on Monday, March 10.
ST MARYS AREA:
■ Holy Family Primary School, Emerton
Open classrooms at 10am on Thursday, March 13.
Liturgy at 2.25pm on Friday, March 14.
■ Good Shepherd Primary School, Plumpton
Liturgy at Good Shepherd Church (10am), followed by morning tea and open classrooms for parents on Wednesday, March 12.
NRMA road safety day and science show on Friday, March 14.
■ Holy Spirit Primary School, St Clair
Spellathon, book fair, parent morning tea, opening school Mass and assembly on Friday, March 14.
■ Our Lady of the Rosary Primary School, St Marys
School liturgy, open classrooms and morning tea for families on Tuesday, March 11.
Open classrooms from 10.00 - 10.40am. Parents can share morning tea with their child.
■ St Aidans Primary School, Rooty Hill
Combined schools mass on for students and families from St Aidan’s, St Agnes, Sacred Heart, Holy Family, St Clare’s, Good Shepherd and St Francis schools on Sunday, March 9.
Open classrooms for parents, parishioners and friends at 2pm on Thursday, March 13.